Warning Signs Should Never Be Ignored

Although many articles about data recovery have been published on IT websites and new services, a high percentage of computer users do not realise that a hard disk drive will at some point fail. It is alarming how often there are warning signs of an imminent failure are ignored by the user, which can result in a critical loss of data. Read more

Malware and Cloud Services

There are growing concerns about malware and how it is often held on a cloud server with no knowledge of its presence. There is an alarming trend across many companies, whereby their cloud services are not scanned for malware, or they have no idea whether they are. Read more

Reasons for Failure Not Always Obvious

When a hard disk fails due a problem with the controller board, the reason for the failure is not as obvious as it may seem. Such failures can result from several problems, such as a power surge, heat soak damage or power supply issues. Read more

Heated Dot Magnetic Recording (HDMR)

Even though Heated Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) based drives have yet to reach the market, the future roadmap of hard disk drive technology is predicting the use of the Heated Dot Magnetic Recording (HDMR) recording technique to increase the capacity of hard disk drives significantly. HA Read more

Don’t Ignore Warning Sounds

A number of recent hard disk failures has highlighted how often the warning signs of an impending failure are often being ignored, particularly when odd scratching noises have been heard. It is alarming many drives have been heard to make scratching noises, which is ignored, many of which do not report any problems in the S.M.A.R.T. data. Read more

Ransomware the Truth

There have been many stories in the media about the increase in ransomware attacks seen at large institutes, including NHS trusts and universities. The perception these press articles indicate is that these institutes are now the main target of ransomware attacks. Read more

Storing Data Using Electronic Spin

With data storage increasing rapidly each year with larger quantities of data needing to be transferred, it is important for research into new methods which can step up to these long term challenges. The field of spin electronics or “spintronics” may hold the key to both of these challenges in the future. Read more

USB Flash Device Concerns

Everyone is on the lookout for bargains, especially in the current economic climate, which makes it even easier for the scammers to make easy money from selling fake USB memory devices. Despite the many articles on the TV and in the press, people are still falling victims of fraud. Read more

Impact of the Economy

Following the referendum over EU membership last month in the UK where the decision was a vote in favour of leaving, the United Kingdom’s currency the Pound Sterling has come under a lot of pressure. In the wave of uncertainty following the referendum not only has the Pound dropped in value against other currencies, but whole financial market is has also seen a downturn. Read more

SSD’s Are Not for Long Term Storage

Although a Solid State Device (SSD) has a significant data transfer speed advantage over traditional rotating disk media, they have one major downside. Recent research has shown that unlike a traditional hard disk or tape backup media, which can be stored and accessed again many years later, an SSD will lose the data if left unpowered for a long time. Read more